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Prog / Re: Prog 2214 - High Vexplosive!
« on: 15 January, 2021, 10:52:27 AM »
Anyway. After thoroughly derailing the thread, onto the prog's contents (don't worry, I won't be rewriting chunks of dialogue)

Desperadlands: a solid Carroll script coming across a bit by-numbers but I'm sure that's because the story is really intended as a showcase for Will Simpson's vividly vibrant art. He's obviously having a whale of a time, channelling his inner Pollock with the spatter and switching between styles from frame to frame. It's almost like two or three different artists have drawn Dredd himself.

Hershey: For a series that's supposed to represent a fresh start it contains a few too many callbacks, especially since I wasn't around for most of Dirty Frank's backstory. And it feels like with the boxing stuff Hershey's taking a bit of a convoluted route to get to Edu. Still, nothing wrong with a bit of slow-burn.

Slaine: Taking it right back to basics, this is just great. If, as it appears, this is going to be the last time we see Slaine it would be fantastic to have it go out with us wanting more, rather than just limping away.

Vex: Lovely stuff, proper hardcore space opera with a glam flourish. Jake Lynch's boisterous artwork is a heady cocktail of Mike McMahon, Jim Baikie and Ramon Sola. I'd love to see Vex and Midnight guest in a Dredd story.

Red: Also fantastic, and just the sort of thing that would make great TV action drama. Top marks for floating jellyfish brain villain and for introducing her with no explanations!

Finally, I guess the 2000 AD accountant droids might disagree, but I'm all in favour of expanding the length of strips so that we get a story on the back page instead of an advert.

Prog / Re: Prog 2214 - High Vexplosive!
« on: 13 January, 2021, 09:24:51 PM »
Neil Roberts has drawn Vex fantastically there, in a real dramatic, action-packed pose. Unfortunately the lurid background is a bit of a distraction.

I can't believe I've butchered the work of a highly-respected art droid, but... I reckon something like this would have looked better:

Sorry Neil (sheepish emoji).

General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 13 January, 2021, 10:00:17 AM »
More Mechastopheles for sure. Another chapter of Jaegir, hopefully. And at the risk of overloading the Rennie droid's circuits, perhaps another chapter of The Alienist..?

More Kingdom would be fantastic, even if it's just a one-shot to tell us what finally happened to Gene.

General / Re: Thrills Over Time
« on: 10 January, 2021, 11:10:28 AM »

Fittingly, that looks like a fast-flowing river beneath a panorama of rugged mountain peaks.

The results are in, and The Out has shaken it all about...

1   2   3   
The Out136253
Fiends of the Eastern Front44222
Feral and Foe13312
Deadworld (Visions of Deadworld)2119
Full Tilt Boogie2119
Proteus Vex1149
The Diaboliks237
Sinister Dexter11
Survival Geeks11

2020 Best 2000 AD strip (non-Dredd): The Out

Yes, Brink's run of victories finally comes to a halt, but the top end of the table is dominated by Dan Abnett stories, with only Fiends of the Eastern Front managing to prevent him sweeping the podium. Fittingly, in a year that saw most of us confined to our homes for long periods, his tale of galactic exploration and discovery, tempered with observations on the very nature of our existence, resonated with us most. Perhaps its main strength was its sheer unpredictability and for that reason, the second chapter is eagerly awaited and will undoubtedly be a strong contender in next year's poll.

Fiends clinches the runners-up spot with a stunning chapter that also went in some unexpected directions, delivering thrills every step of the way. And remarkably, even though 2020 only saw a handful of instalments at the end of a chapter, Brink still managed to pip several other strips to third place.

13 strips were given points but I'm sure that of the 28 up for votes, all of them would have received something if the voting had been for a top 5. It's been the hardest of years, but once again Tharg has sent the thrill-o-meter off the scale, truly serving up a delicious smorgasbord of stories for all tastes.

Thanks for voting, everyone. Here's to 2021 - may it bring us old favourites and thills as yet undreamt.

General / Re: Tharg's 2020 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd)
« on: 08 January, 2021, 11:18:46 AM »
[Edit: just realised the other results postings are in new threads...]

Tharg's 2020 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd) - RESULTS!

Prog / Re: Prog 2213 - Blood Cell!
« on: 07 January, 2021, 03:41:56 PM »
I think it's supposed to be a whole group of buildings built on one of the larger rocks.

There was a 'death-belt' in one of the early instalments of The Cursed Earth, wasn't there? Sure I can remember giant rats leaping off the rocks to attack the village below. Which obviously explains why Dredd says here that's it's "Been a while since I saw one of those up close".

Is it ever explained how rocks manage to fly through the air (beyond 'gravitational anomalies'?)

Prog / Re: Prog 2213 - Blood Cell!
« on: 07 January, 2021, 10:28:11 AM »
A tale of two read-throughs.

Had a first look late last night. Tired, fed up of another day's lock-down, distracted by the events in the US and suffering from an inflamed chilblain, the dense plots and backstory-heavy narratives of Dredd, Hershey and Proteus Vex went right over my head and my thrill-craving was only sated by the more instant and visceral thrills of Slaine and Durham Red.

This morning, more awake and relatively refreshed, I gave the prog a second read and, able to pay proper attention, found myself more able to appreciate the stories by Carroll and Williams.

So on the whole, taking everything into account and weighing up all sides, what at first seemed an unbalanced prog is in fact satisfying and extremely well-rounded.

And on the subject of Judge Fuertez...

General / Re: Tharg's 2020 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd)
« on: 06 January, 2021, 10:38:47 AM »
Bump! Couple more days before the count-up..?

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 04 January, 2021, 01:09:03 PM »
And I seem to recall 'Legion' being by far the best-received chapter of Skip Tracer on this board!

General / Re: 2000 AD Cover of the Year 2020 - RESULTS!
« on: 04 January, 2021, 01:07:11 PM »
A beautiful cover and deserved winner.

If I could change anything I'd remove the rather superfluous sub-title so as to show it in even more uncluttered glory.

General / Re: Tharg’s 2020 in Review - Best Dredd
« on: 01 January, 2021, 01:51:19 PM »
1. The Relic
2. Chimpsky's Law
3. End of Days

It's actually very difficult to measure the epic End of Days against the plethora of shorter Dredd stories, but it definitely deserves a top 3 place.

General / Re: MEGAZINE Cover of the Year 2020.
« on: 27 December, 2020, 07:15:51 PM »
1. 422

2. 418

3. 423

General / Re: Tharg's 2020 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd)
« on: 27 December, 2020, 04:28:01 PM »
I've just noticed that technically there should be another title added to that list, but doing so probably constitutes a spoiler  :)


1. Fiends of the Eastern Front
2. The Out
3. Feral and Foe

General / Tharg's 2020 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd)
« on: 27 December, 2020, 04:19:59 PM »
Hi, and welcome to the new, fully-integrated-into-Tharg's-2020-in-Review version of the annual best non-Dredd (and Cadet Dredd) 2000 AD strip of the year thread.

Please rank your favourite three 2000 AD strips from 2020, choosing from the list below. Your top choice will be awarded three points, your second choice two points and your third choice one point.

According to my calculations there are 28 strips in the running this year. I've taken the list from the strip breakdowns on the 2000 AD shop pages, so please let me know if I've missed anything.

I've included all the strips from the year's Regened progs: Finder & Keeper, Anderson Psi Division, Pandora Perfect and Department K, Gronks and Rogue Trooper. I've grouped Future Shocks, Time Twisters and Terror Tales together, but included the 3riller 'Saphir' as a separate strip. And unlike previous years, I've included strips that had jut one instalment, in the year's Christmas special. Hope that's all OK.

I'd be grateful if you could only vote using this format (although obviously feel free to add comments!):

1. [Favourite strip - name of strip as in list]
2. [Second favourite strip - name of strip as in list]
3. [Third favourite strip - name of strip as in list]

No reverse orders please as it invites mistakes on my part. Also no joint rankings, thanks. My Excel skills are being tested to the limit as it is!

A reminder of previous years' results: 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Will Brink finally be knocked off its perch? Get voting!

3rillers: Saphir
Anderson, Psi Division
Deadworld (Visions of Deadworld)
Department K
The Diaboliks
Durham Red
Feral and Foe
Fiends of the Eastern Front
Finder & Keeper
Full Tilt Boogie
Future Shocks/Terror Tales/Time Twisters
The Order
The Out
Pandora Perfect
Proteus Vex
Rogue Trooper
Sinister Dexter
Skip Tracer
Strontium Dog
Survival Geeks
The Zaucer of Zilk

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